The Emblem Hotel
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes access to the private member’s club and use of the sauna, steamroom, gym and rooftop terrace
- Top location: Close to the Old Town and hip ’hood Zizkov; Prague Castle and the happening Holesovice district are just across the river
- Sleek Art Deco styling and decadent guestrooms
What To Know
- Staff leads fitness runs for healthy sightseeing
- Lightning-fast WiFi
- Guests can borrow a tablet with a built-in city guide app
- The rooftop terrace is open April through October
- Buffet Breakfast is an additional $17 per person
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
On a quiet street in Prague’s Stare Mesto quarter, a block from Old Town Square, the Emblem is a 59-room boutique hotel in a pre-war office building that blends original period features with plush but understated modernist elements. Designed to evoke the Prague tradition of artists salons, the public lounges are areas for reflection, networking and even cigar smoking and are decked out with wood, leather and marble surfaces collected from far-flung locales. Check-in is via an iPad in the Art Deco lobby as you sit with a drink in hand.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are decorated with Italian leather banquette walls, restored stone surfaces and furniture fashioned from unique wood grain. Nespresso coffee machines and 40-inch flat-screen TVs come standard, and the all-marble bathrooms come with rain showers and products from French brand Pure Altitude. Windows open onto views of the historic Old Town of cobblestones and ornate gables.
The 70-seat George Prime Steak restaurant, helmed by Slovak emigré George Betak, is dedicated to his vision of introducing the organically raised USDA Prime beef he cherishes to the heart of Central Europe. With T-bone cuts of 30-day aged steak procured from a handful of Midwestern farms, the George also offers one of Europe’s most extensive California wine collections. Plug into the Prague intellectual community with your included membership to the Maharal Club, which hosts talks and gatherings on current topics by academics, artists and visionaries amid a climate of convivial cognac-fueled debate revived from another era. Mind doesn’t have to take precedence over body, though: The top-floor gym, sauna, steam room and rooftop spa terrace are illuminated by Prague’s city lights.
In the Area
The Stare Mesto district, the medieval heart of the city, is packed with arts venues, palaces with florid stone façades and 18th-century churches. You’ll also find the classic Czech pub U Medvidku and Prague’s newest wave of hipster bars and clubs. The area’s bordered by the Vltava river, where a growing embankment scene offers fresh perspectives on Prague Castle’s spires and the Charles Bridge’s timeless arches. The nearby Rudolfinum hosts the esteemed Czech Philharmonic, while Parizska Street draws Russian model and mogul types, all nestled against the former Jewish ghetto of Josefov with its must-see Old Jewish Cemetery, which dates back seven centuries. Nearby Old Town Square is home to the Gothic National Gallery properties and the Tyn church, in which legendary stargazer Tycho Brahe is entombed. A 15-minute stroll across the river to Mala Strana leads to quiet, leafy idylls, craftspeople’s workshops, jazz clubs and embassy row.
How to Get There
The hotel is in an unbeatable location. Its facilities are modern and functional. The rooms somewhat small, but very comfortable and silent. They have no carpet, something that I like. The staff is very attentive, and the bar and restaurant have very good quality and service. I would have liked the air conditioning works best
Excellent, friendly and helpful staff, great breakfast buffet beyond the norm, clean room, big elevator, modern amenities, nice wine happy hour and opportunity to socialize, and close to so much. Souvenir socks in the room is a great idea and mini-bar was included!
All round excellent. Erika from Guest Services deserves congratulations for all her help making our stay excellent. She arranged some super restaurant restaurant reservations including the wonderful Gallery 44 which has super food and service.
The hotel staff were all friendly and helpful.
The hotel room was spacious and thoughtfully laid out. Very quiet. It had a nice courtyard facing balcony with rooftop views. Lots of wardrobe space to accommodate Mrs Magellan's outfits although the hanging wardrobe was sadly too short for the long evening dresses. Good bathroom with modern fittings including a Hans Grohe shower with plenty of fast-flowing hot water.
Oddly there was no bathroom door which struck us both as most unusual. We would urge the owners to review this. WiFi was strong and easy to access. A kettle was supplied, essential for Mrs Magellan's tea habit. Nice feather pillows, not the horrid foam ones so often found these days in European boutique hotels.
Two minor gripes for management to consider. Firstly the check in was too slow. We had made a 5am start and had endured the usual exhausting flight so we wanted to get to our room quickly and not be kept waiting. Secondly, breakfast pricing was odd. Mrs Magellan and I normally only consume cereal and toast at breakfast. Maybe other guest have gargantuan appetites?
Overall a fantastic stay enhanced by the half day walking tour of Prague organized by the hotel. Our guide was called Barbara and she was fantastic. Worth every euro.
We will return.